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18 Klein ISD Musicians Selected for TMEA All-State Music Groups

18 Klein ISD Musicians Selected for TMEA All-State Music Groups

Eighteen Klein ISD students have been named to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State music group. As a Best Community for Music Education, we take great pride in seeing our talented students excel in their passion for music.

These 18 students earned the honor of being named an All-State musician after competing at the Region and Area levels of competition. These All-State musicians represent the top two percent of all music students in Texas.

“As a 2020 Best Communities for Music Education recipient, we are thrilled to recognize our 18 TMEA All-State musicians this year,” said Joel Wren, Klein ISD Director of Fine Arts. “Despite the obstacles of the year, our music students have excelled at their craft and have grown as young musicians. This year’s tryout process was all virtual, which added to the competition’s rigor. Our students navigated exceptionally well. We are so proud of these outstanding students!  

Not only are our All-State musicians incredibly talented, but they are also brilliant. According to TMEA, All-State musicians average 1302 on their SAT while the national average is 1068 and the Texas average is 1032. The benefits of a well-rounded Klein ISD education are clear!

“We’re so proud of all these outstanding fine arts students and also to the excellent educators who helped them get to this amazing milestone,” said Dr. Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent. “Klein ISD has long been a supporter of the arts and a leader in music education, and these students are a direct outcome of that commitment. Congratulations to all of our outstanding all-state musicians!”

Congratulations to all these amazing student-musicians! 

Student Name School Division Grade Instrument/Voice
Alex Schlezier Klein Cain Band 12th Horn
Sydney Salas Klein Cain Band 12th Euphonium
Tony Sanfilippo Klein Cain Orchestra 12th Bass
Aneesh Vathul Klein Cain Orchestra 9th Cello
Grace LeMay Klein Collins Choir 12th Soprano 1
Jenna Tran Klein Collins Orchestra 12th Violin
Phoenix Alcera Klein High Band 10th Tenor Sax
Kaitlyn Jones Klein High Band 11th Horn
Chloe Johnsen Klein High Choir 12th Alto 2
Gabriel Sweet Klein High Orchestra 10th Bass
Ethan Tran Klein High Orchestra 9th Violin
Elijah Van Swearingin Klein High Orchestra 11th Bass
William Alex Sharpe Klein Oak Band 11th Clarinet
Laura Shontz Klein Oak Band 12th Bassoon
Adian  Colon Klein Oak Band 12th Trumpet
Ava Lee Klein Oak Band 11th French Horn
Kailyn Nonhof Klein Oak Band 11th French Horn
Sydney Shell Klein Oak Choir 12th Alto 2


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

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Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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